The good news is that we’re not going to be here to witness the eventual crumbling and sagging.
T. S. Eliot was correct: The world will end not with a bang but with a whimper.
A brief perusal of what is available on the internet will reveal how far we’ve come since, say, 1945, to spoil what we had. I took it into my head to decide that the years 1945-1965 were the last “good” years. I checked on the internet to see if my thinking was correct and was pleased - and disappointed - to find that for the most part, it was.
The basic culprit is the population explosion. Personally, in that score of years, I was acquainted with few families who had less than four children; and most of my friends had five to a dozen - and don’t get started on Roman Catholics, not everyone belonged to that denomination. It was a time when the LAST war was over and peace was gonna reign.
As Puck noted: “What fools these mortals be.” We’ve not improved since Shakespeare was alive and writing with a quill, and a vocabulary of 85,000 words.
Pollution may be somewhat ameliorated, but we cannot get rid of it entirely. The seas have pockets - yes, huge pockets - of plastic. Fish believe the little bits are food and eat it. We eat the fish and the plastic. And forget about fish farms, some of them - most of them? - all of them? - contain contamination. Lakes aren’t safe, either. The internet awaits for you to find out for yourselves.
So we shouldn’t eat fish unless a scientist tests it first to make sure it’s safe (good luck with that). And how much meat is free of pollution? Even if one raises whatever it is on the hoof, those animals eat contaminated food. And when livestock is raised in cheek-by-jowl confinement - well, you figure it out.
Many cattle are no longer grass fed. They’re fed grain along with antibiotics to forestall the dis-ease of that grain because none of their four stomachs have the ability to digest grain as they do grass. It’s as if humans were fed grass, the result of which would be unremitting diarrhea until death. Cattle don’t have the luxury of dying naturally. They are killed.
"Are you a vegetarian?" I hear you ask.
I eat little meat because it has little appeal for me, but I do eat it. The fact is, my ancient alimentary system can’t handle much produce, contaminated or not. Speaking of which, I continue to be suspicious of “organic” products. I understand that it’s much healthier than non-organic produce. I haven’t made a study of it so I don’t know how pure the material is that it’s grown in. I can say that I’m weary of plastic tomatoes and other hydroponic produce. And unless you’ve tasted real berries, you may not mind the ones you find in today’s markets. If someone offers you real fruit, I’d advise that you not eat it - you’ll suffer the memory of its glorious flavor and never want to eat any other again.
Why will our planet die with a whimper and not a bang? Not only is Earth suffering global warming - even without our help, which is considerable - the moon is moving away half-inch by half-inch. And how will that affect Earth? Our planet will no longer be able to sustain life as we know it. Think TIDES.
There is plenty of material on the internet for study. The bottom line is: Between global warming and Earth’s moon half-inching away, there will be consequences. There are consequences now, much of which we civilized humans have created.
It is my considered opinion that a hellish tidal-wave of cell phones is creating more pain then pleasure . . . you’ll thank me for not getting into the early onset of sexuality among children except to yell, “There’s nothing good about that!”
Time Devoted To Climate Change Has Fallen Sharply Since 2009